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UK set to pass maritime law for nuclear powered ships

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The UK is set to pass a law to provide regulations for nuclear powered merchant ships.

The UK’s Department of Transport, through the Maritime & Coastguard Authority (MCA), has set a target date 22 November has been set to pass the Merchant Shipping (Nuclear Ships) Regulations into law. 

As shipping seeks zero carbon future fuels there is growing interest around the use of atomic power and MCA consultation in 2021 concluded that there is an appetite for nuclear ships over the next 10 years.

According to Core Power the Regulations will transpose Chapter VIII in the Annex to the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (‘SOLAS’) together with the Safety Code for Nuclear Ships (res. A.491.XII) into UK law.

“This is an important milestone in the regulatory progress for New Nuclear in Maritime,” said Mikal Boe, Founder and CEO of Core Power.

Core Power is seeking to develop and commercialise molten salt reactors (MSRs) for shipping and offshore power production.